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Michael "Mike" Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Known for his powerful shot, he was among the league's goal scoring leaders. His career was cut short by injuries. City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 366. ... For the capital, see Quebec City. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York. ... Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Stanley Cup, originally called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, is awarded each year by the National Hockey League to the champion of its playoff tournament. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...

Bossy and Richard show off as the first two members of the 50/50 club
Bossy and Richard show off as the first two members of the 50/50 club

Bossy scored a then record 53 goals as a rookie, won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, and was named a Second Team All-Star. Bossy and Wayne Gretzky are the only players to have scored 50 or more goals for nine seasons(It should be noted that Bossy had nine consecutive 50 goal seasons, a feat unmatched even until today). Additionally, both are the only players ever to have scored 60 or more goals in as many as six seasons. Unlike Gretzky, however, who played 20 seasons, Bossy was healthy enough only for 10, of which only the first nine were full. During Bossy's final season, his bad back limited him to 63 games but he still managed 38 goals. Image File history File links This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Image File history File links This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... The Calder Memorial Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy, presented annually to the best rookie of the year as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. ... Wayne Gretzky playing for the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a former professional ice hockey player and is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ...


As he never played long enough for his skills to diminish, his scoring averages remain quite high. Bossy averaged .762 goals per game in the regular season, more than any other player in NHL history, and .659 in the playoffs, second only to Mario Lemieux at .710. Lemieux is second to Bossy in the regular season, at .754. Comparatively to other goal leaders, Gretzky scored .601 in the regular season and .587 in the playoffs; Brett Hull, .586 and .510; Phil Esposito, .559 and .469; Maurice Richard, .556 and .617; Bobby Hull, .547 and .521; Marcel Dionne, .542 and .429; Guy Lafleur, .497 and .453; Mike Gartner, .494 and .352. Many thus regard Bossy along with Lemieux (as well as Bobby Hull and Richard) as the best pure goal scorers ever to play the game. (It should be noted, however, that if Gretzky had retired after his first 10 years in the league, his numbers on a per game basis would have eclipsed all other players. Most of Gretzky's major records were all achieved before 1990, including his record as the only player ever to exceed 200 points in a single season, which he had done more than once). Mario Lemieux after his first retirement in 1997 Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Mario Lemieux after his first retirement in 1997 Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Brett Hull, left, with Wayne Gretzky, a short-lived Blues teammate Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964 in Belleville, Ontario) is a former NHL player, and the son of legendary player Bobby Hull. ... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... The Honourable Maurice Rocket Richard Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... Robert Marvin Hull, born January 3, 1939 in Pointe Anne (near Belleville), Ontario, Canada, is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. ... Marcel Elphege Little Beaver Dionne (born August 3, 1951, in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre in the National Hockey League, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Guy Lafleur Guy Damien Lafleur, OC (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Michael Alfred Gartner was born on the 29th of October, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


In 1980-81, he scored 50 goals in 50 games, the first to do so since than the great Maurice Richard thirty-six years earlier. Richard was on hand to congratulate Bossy for achieving that milestone. Bossy was also known for being able to score goals in remarkable fashion, the most incredible, perhaps, in the 1982 Stanley Cup finals when, up-ended by a check and several feet in the air, parallel to the ice, Bossy nonetheless managed to hook the puck with his stick and score. Mike Bossy, left, equalled the Rockets scoring mark. ... The Honourable Maurice Rocket Richard Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ...


Bossy earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1982, and scored 17 goals in three straight playoffs -- 1981, 1982, and 1983 -- the only player ever to do so. In reaching the Stanley Cup Finals five times, between 1980 and 1984, Bossy scored 69 goals. By contrast, in Gretzky's five Stanley Cup Finals playoffs during his peak years with the Edmonton Oilers, he scored 59 goals. Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Image:Stanleycuptrophy. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


Bossy played on a line with Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies. Bossy was noted for his clean play, almost never resorted to fighting, and won the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play three times: 1983, 1984, and 1986. Also notable about Bossy's game was his strong defensive play which enabled him to be on regular penalty-killing duty; this distinguished him from Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956, in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a professional Ice Hockey Centre in the NHL, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Clark Gillies (b. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ...


Bossy has haboured some animosity towards Gretzky and the Oilers, stating that the Islanders got little recognition for their dynasty (1980-1983) compared to the Montreal Canadiens (1976-1979) or Edmonton Oilers (1984-1990). The dominant scoring star of the late 1970s was Guy Lafleur but his skills waned in the 1980s. In 1982, Bossy set a scoring record for right-wingers with 147 points in 80 games (Jaromir Jagr would break it with 149 points in 1995-1996 season which was an 82 game schedule). Though Bossy also won the Stanley Cup and the Smythe Trophy, far more attention was given to Gretzky who not only won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy, but also shattered scoring records with an unheard of 212 points and 92 goals. Although the Islanders swept the Oilers in the 1983 final to win a fourth consecutive championship, Gretzky and his Oilers still received the most attention. The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team, the oldest established National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, and one of the most successful clubs in all of North American sports history. ... Guy Lafleur Guy Damien Lafleur, OC (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Jaromír Jágr , better known in English as Jaromir Jagr, (born February 15, 1972 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia) is regarded as one of the top ice hockey players in the NHL today, and is one of the best European players that has ever worn an NHL uniform. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season. ...


The Islanders made a fifth consecutive Stanley Cup final in 1984 but they were outmatched by the Oilers who defeated them 4 games to 1. Bossy had a playoff slump, scoring only 9 goals after 17 in the past three postseasons, which could not counter the Oilers' powerful offense. Afterwards, the Islanders would slowly decline, while injuries would take their toll on Bossy's back.


Bossy earned 5 First Team All-Star selections, one of only four right wings ever to do so, again a notable achievement considering that the other three had much longer careers (Gordie Howe - 26 years; Maurice Richard - 18 years; Guy Lafleur - 17 years). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. His #22 jersey was retired by the Islanders on March 3, 1992. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Career Statistics

 Regular Season Playoffs Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM 1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 73 53 38 91 6 7 2 2 4 2 1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 80 69 57 126 25 10 6 2 8 2 1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 75 51 41 92 12 16 10 13 23 8 1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 79 68 51 119 32 18 17 18 35 4 1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 80 64 83 147 22 19 17 10 27 0 1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 79 60 58 118 20 19 17 9 26 10 1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 67 51 67 118 8 21 8 10 18 4 1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 76 58 59 117 38 10 5 6 11 4 1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 80 61 62 123 14 3 1 2 3 4 1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 63 38 37 75 33 6 2 3 5 0 NHL Totals 752 573 553 1126 210 129 85 75 160 38 

See also

The Hockey Hall of Fame in a former bank building The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey, with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with... This is a partial list of retired National Hockey League players. ... This is a list of NHL Statistical leaders. ... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... The following is a list of ice hockey players who have scored 1000 points in the National Hockey League. ... In ice hockey, scoring 500 regular-season goals is considered a highly significant achievement for National Hockey League players. ...

External links

  • SI Where Are They Now? - Mike Bossy
Preceded by:
Butch Goring
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1982
Succeeded by:
Billy Smith
Preceded by:
Danny Gare, Charlie Simmer, Blaine Stoughton
NHL Goal Leader
1981
Succeeded by:
Wayne Gretzky
Preceded by:
Guy Lafleur
NHL Goal Leader
1979
Succeeded by:
Danny Gare, Charlie Simmer, Blaine Stoughton
Preceded by:
Willi Plett
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1978
Succeeded by:
Bobby Smith

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Mike Bossy is a articulate and entertaining speaker in both English and French, Mike Bossy draws on sport and business experiences to stress the need for commitment, teamwork, and fair play to achieve superior success in both business and sports.
During is hockey career Mike Bossy was the key offensive player on the New York Islander teams that won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983.
Bossy won the 1978 Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year, scoring 91 points in just 73 games, and he won the Lady Byng Trophy, for a combination of playing ability and sportsmanship, in 1983, 1984, and 1986.
Mike Bossy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (889 words)
Michael "Mike" Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s.
Lemieux is second to Bossy in the regular season, at.754.
Bossy was also known for being able to score goals in remarkable fashion, the most incredible, perhaps, in the 1982 Stanley Cup finals when, up-ended by a check and several feet in the air, parallel to the ice, Bossy nonetheless managed to hook the puck with his stick and score.
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